Nominations: October 2023

The following projects (short films, TV & web series, and screenplays) are the finalists of the monthly round of October competing in 62 different categories.

These projects were shortlisted from an official selection pool with 43,2% acceptance rate, based on submissions from 18 countries and total runtime of 44:05:09, plus the short scripts.

The nominees are placed in the top 30,4%.

***Categories not listed have no submissions meeting the requirements, namely with minimum scores to make the cut***

***Categories TBA have 2 or less projects with cut scores for awards. The award winner(s) announcement for these categories is done along with the award winners of all of the other categories***

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Best Indie Short

Azadi by Anshul Vijayvargiya (India)

Luxure by Matthew Gomez (USA)

My Content by Moath Nawaf Alsalem (Kuwait)

The Other Shore by 盼 胡 (China)

Welcome To The Neighborhood by Jason Lee Segal (USA)

Best Drama Short

Abrazo by Paola Baldion (USA)

Complexity by Brandon Leake and Cleve Brown (USA)

On Christmas Day by Natasha Krishnan and Prasanna Paul (Canada)

Roberta’s Rules by Derrex Brady, M.D. Walton, and Mayon Denton (USA)

Symphony by Cristian Melo Felipe and Alisson Resende (Brazil)

Best Student Short

Luminous Bird by Zimeng Li and Ruixi Zhou (China)

Moon-calf by Ander Echeverria (USA)

Online by Bianka Bereczky (Hungary)

The Dragon’s Dance by Sean Jasper Lim (USA)

Things To Do Before You Turn 18 by George Tsereteli Ortiz (USA)

Best Documentary Short

Living Loud by Carin van der Donk, Isabel Vega, and Sarah Teale (USA)

The Curse Effect by Gregg Jaden (USA)

The Perfect Shot: Antarctica by Quinn Halleck (USA)

The Present by Timothy Dhalleine (Chile)

When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories by Dorothy Fadiman (USA)

Best Comedy Short

Festival by Michael Bromberg (USA)

Five Stars by Kenny Williams and Ryan Hepkema (USA)

Hobbies by Emily Moler (USA)

Into The Wild by Max Woods (USA)

Only Dates by Lukas Battle and Thomas Lanese (USA)

Best Dark Comedy Short

Ooze by Matthew Rollins (USA)

Still Scattered by Dominic Burgess and Jeff Lorch (USA)

The Suck by Chris Merrill (USA)

Best Action Short


Best Film Noir Short


Best Thriller Short


Best Mystery Short


Best Horror Short


Best Sci-Fi Short


Best Fantasy Short


Best Animation Short

Fred and Frankie by Kate McNeely and Jenny Shuermann (USA)

Knightlights & Teddy Bears by Mackenzie K. Wertman (USA)

Mr Nullus From Nusquam by Chenjia Ren (USA)

Off-Camera by Vishal TM (India)

On the Road by Xiangyi Zhu (USA)

Best Children Short


Best Women Short

Best Self by Phebe Schmidt (Australia)

Empty Pockets by Darlene A Sacco (USA)

Faultline by Ella Mikayelyan (USA)

Seen by Olivia Martini and Olivia Martini (USA)

Y by Tamara Cook (Australia)

Best LGBTQ Short

Daddy by Jay Beckett (USA)

Night Hawkes by Atlas Ferrera (USA)

Under an Oak Tree by Josh Lederberger (USA)

Best Microfilm

No Flies On Me by Lars Magnus Holmgren (Australia)

On the Road by Xiangyi Zhu (USA)

SmallFry by Nicholas Messero (USA)

Best Experimental Short

A Tropical Flower: In III Chapters by Aaron Thomas Fisher-Cohen (USA)

Best Self by Phebe Schmidt (Australia)

Han by Hyo Kim (USA)

Past and Future by Douglas Alves Ferreira (Brazil)

Surface or Wasting Time in the Most Gleaming Spaces by Mauricio Uribarri (Mexico)

Best Screendance Short


Best Music Video

A-Train: Move B*tch by Chris Carthern and Chong Ahn (USA)

Dirty Freaken Joe – Sci-Fi Sam by Timothy A Bennett (USA)

Ego – Ava Della Pietra by Adam Lukowski (USA)

Sophia by Kevin Joseph (USA)

Venom by Alfredo Vidal (USA)

Best Web Series & TV Pilot

Bad Atmosphere by Mason Sperling (USA)

Brian & Connie by Ryan Gimeson (USA)

Doran The Mystic Warrior by Doran Eccel (USA)

Wake Up Call by Matthew Panepinto (USA)

WordLotto by Johnny Baca (USA)

Best Web and New Media

New Moon – Season 1 by Ken Forman (USA)

To Esteban by Héctor Almeida (Cuba)

Why Jerusalem Matters by Rebecca Pettit (USA)

Best Mobile Short


Best Trailer/Teaser


Best Short Script





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